The First World War officially came to end at 11 AM on the 11th November 1918. The Armistice was a pivotal moment in the lives of millions of people, and they reacted to it in many different ways.
Room of Voices is an immersive sound installation that shares the stories of 32 people who fought and lived through the Great War. You will hear how it affected Ernest Argall, a Royal Engineers signaller on the Western Front, and civilians like Dolly Shepherd, who remembered weeping because the silence was so awful: "You see we'd been used to the noise of guns, all day long... it was so strange, to have silence".
Some of the stories are solemn whilst others are celebratory, but they all imprinted on the minds of an entire generation.
Craig’s review of Imperial War Museum – “When was the last time that Britain lost a war? Let me think... apart from the Romans and the Vikings and the Normans, and the Hundred Years War, and the First Boer War, and that war against Mel Gibson in Scotland, I can't think of a single time that someone actually managed to beat us. Obviously you can't include the American War of Independence because that was tech… continued”
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
Mimesis — African Soldier – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Princess Diana — Her Fashion Story – 24 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2019 – Diana's Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is an exhibition of iconic dresses that show the evolution of her style
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Superbugs — The Fight For Our Lives – 9 Nov 2017 to 10 Mar 2019 – Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Dream On — V&A Museum of Childhood – 10 Feb 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Imperial War Museum then you might like to visit Churchill War Rooms (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to Westminster), HMS Belfast (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to London Bridge), National Army Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Sloane Square) and National Maritime Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Cutty Sark)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans